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Public Involvement in Transportation Decision-Making

Posted: 11/14/2023

USDOT recently published an updated version of their technical assistance resource "Promising Practices for Meaningful Public Involvement in Transportation Decision-Making". This guide provides a shared definition of meaningful public involvement and promising practices to help DOT funding recipients across all modes of transportation address barriers to inclusion in decision-making. 

Public involvement from the beginning and throughout a project’s lifecycle has the potential to help projects come to life faster and to better meet the needs of the community.

In response to stakeholder feedback/questions, this updated guide now includes a new appendix on "Using Federal Funds for Meaningful Public Involvement Activities", which includes illustrative examples like:

  • Hiring Community-Based Organizations
  • Providing Food at Public Meetings
  • Providing Childcare at Public Meetings
  • Providing Financial Incentives or Reimbursements for Participation

Access the updated guide here

Public Involvement?

USDOT defines meaningful public involvement as a process that proactively seeks full representation from the community, considers public comments, and incorporates that feedback into a project, program, or plan.

The impact of community contribution encourages early and continuous public involvement, brings diverse viewpoints into the transportation decision-making process, and enables agencies to make better-informed decisions through collaborative efforts.


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